United XI to face Real Sociedad

The boss has only made four alterations from the 11 players who began last Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League win at home to Newcastle.

Dean Henderson, who has been the go-to goalkeeper in domestic cup competitions and Europe in 2021, replaces David De Gea.
Eric Bailly comes in to the centre of defence for captain Harry Maguire, along with Alex Telles at left-back for Luke Shaw from the Newcastle win. Both the Ivorian and the Brazilian played in Italy last week.

The only other change from the game against the Magpies is Mason Greenwood, who started the first leg against the Spaniards, and replaces Marcus Rashford.

Solskjaer explained the reason behind the strong team.

“Every game you play for Man United is a big one and the players out there know our responsibility and to represent this great club you want to put a strong team out that will represent us the right way.“ he told BT Sport. “We want to win the game of course. Want to build some more momentum, belief, confidence and you only do that by performing well.”

Solskjaer also said Euro tie is also another chance for Henderson to put forward his claims.

“Dean is here now, he’s maturing, he’s getting more and more games and of course he’s such a talented keeper and we know what David can do and I think it’s important that we find out also and Dean can showcase his own ability and I trust him with everything I’ve got,” said the boss.

 

 

 

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Galbraith in with chance of Europa League place

Galbraith played in our only pre-season friendly last summer, at Aston Villa, and has scored a couple of penalties in the Premier League 2, including a last-minute winner in the victory over Everton last October.

Much of his best work comes in the engine room where he has developed into a reliable operator who protects the ball well.

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Who does Bailly think is the world’s best player?

Bailly also spoke about the instructions Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives to the defenders and admits he always analyses his own performances in detail after a defeat.

“I always play to my maximum,“ he said. ”And he [Ole] will say to me: ‘Eric, you’re an aggressive player and the forwards don’t like that aggression’, or this and that. He’s been a forward so he knows. There are many important bits of advice he gives to a centre-back, a lot to take on.

“We learn from him how to influence the forward, where to be, he gives us a lot of advice about that; when to make interceptions. The centre-backs need to be close to the forwards, especially a true striker, little details he tells us.

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When will we play West Ham in the league?

The visit of the in-form Irons, winners in seven of their nine Premier League fixtures since the turn of the year, follows hot on the heels of three tricky-looking away fixtures for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds.

We play Chelsea in London on Sunday 28 February and return to the capital three days later to take on Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace. The big one, a Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium against the league leaders, then follows on Sunday 7 March.

Currently United have a free midweek between the City and West Ham games, although this will be filled by a Europa League round-of-16 first leg, should we make it past Real Sociedad. United lead the tie 4-0, ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Old Trafford.

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